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My hen Alice Cooper

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I have a curious case. Alice has always had a crooked beak, not scissored, just crooked (that's how she got her name). She's always been able to eat and keep up with the other girls.  She's 3 years old.  Over the year she has become more scrunched up in posture. Today I noted both her feet are swollen and sore, so she can hardly stand.  Could there be a connection? A genetic abnormality? All the other hens are great.  Thanks for your help!

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I don't think there is a connection. It could be a disease that I don't know of or inflammation. I would take her to the vet and he might be able to treat her. If she was born with the beak there shouldn't be a connection between the two things. My advice is take her to the vet but it doesn't sound life threatening. Just check her to see if the feet are getting better or worse or stay the same. Take her to the vet especially if other symptoms occur.

Wishes,
Diana
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She could have some mineral deficiency from birth or maybe has become ill with some form of bacterial arthritis. Can you post any pictures of her and her feet? Does her back look crooked or hunchbacked? There is a condition called roachback and another called scoliosis of the spine. With swollen feet, it could be several things, from mycoplasma (MS,) to articular gout, or even a bumble foot infection. Do you see any dark spots oln the foot pads or any swollen area on the top of the feet between toes?
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Took Alice to the avian vet today.  He diagnosed severe bilateral lower extremity edema, and found her to be in failing health throughout.  His feeling was that she was in organ failure, and he was strongly suspicious of Marek's!  I had her put down, poor dear.  Now I have to watch the rest of my flock. 

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Having her sent out to your states poultry pathology lab for necropsy would be a very good idea. Then you would know whether this is anything to worry about in the rest of your birds or not.
wife to long suffering husband who has built more miles of fence, barns, coops and enclosures then one man should have to, two teenage boys, current flock of 13 assorted hens, 1 big red roo and a list of other assorted farm animals. 
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wife to long suffering husband who has built more miles of fence, barns, coops and enclosures then one man should have to, two teenage boys, current flock of 13 assorted hens, 1 big red roo and a list of other assorted farm animals. 
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Originally Posted by cherisgagnon View Post

Took Alice to the avian vet today.  He diagnosed severe bilateral lower extremity edema, and found her to be in failing health throughout.  His feeling was that she was in organ failure, and he was strongly suspicious of Marek's!  I had her put down, poor dear.  Now I have to watch the rest of my flock. 

Im so sorry. If she was in pain then putting her down would be the moast humane thing to do. I would check to see if any of the other chickens look different or are slowing down/not being themselves.

Wishes,
Diana
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